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The C&NN news archive offers access to the latest media coverage of the children and nature movement. This ever-expanding archive connects leaders and organizers, parents, youth, civic leaders, educators and health-care providers to a growing body of articles dating back to 2007. For a comprehensive C&NN database search, use the advanced search feature to scan news center articles, C&NN's annotated research bibliographies, and the C&NN blog.
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Appalachian Mountain Club’s “Outdoors Rx” Director Honored at White House

By Laura Hurley
Appalachian Mountain Club
March 17, 2014

Appalachian Mountain Club’s “Outdoors Rx” Director Honored at White House

The White House honored Appalachian Mountain Club’s “Outdoors Rx” Program Director and C&NN Grassroots Leader, Pam Hess, as a “Champion of Change” for engaging the next generation of conservation leaders at a public event March 18th. [+]

Hug a tree – the evidence shows it really will make you feel better

By Shelby Gull Laird
The Conversation
March 19, 2014

Hug a tree – the evidence shows it really will make you feel better

There is increasing evidence that trees are good for humans' mental health. Psychologists have now developed multiple scales used by researchers to determine how connected to nature a person is, and how we might be able to increase that connection. [+]

NYC iSchool Awarded Eco-Schools USA Green Flag for Exceptional ‘Green’ Achievement

By Anne Goddard
National Wildlife Federation
March 10, 2014

NYC iSchool Awarded Eco-Schools USA Green Flag for Exceptional ‘Green’ Achievement

The Green Flag award places the iSchool among an elite group of schools across the country that are improving their schools by reducing energy costs and waste, greening school grounds, and nurturing student-scientists through hands-on learning. [+]

Kids’ Electronic Media Use Linked with Poorer Well-Being

By Rachael Rettner
Live Science
March 17, 2014

Kids’ Electronic Media Use Linked with Poorer Well-Being

A new study suggests that the amount of time kids spend watching TV or playing electronic games may affect their well-being in early childhood, including mental health factors like their risk for emotional problems. [+]

Growing Up Free: Inspiring a Love of Nature

By Bryan Welch
Mother Earth News
March 07, 2014

Growing Up Free: Inspiring a Love of Nature

Mother Earth News publisher Bryan Welch writes about his childhood, which was filled with rattlesnakes, BB guns, and sand forts. Those experiences, he says, are what led him to become a conservationist as an adult. [+]

Tedx Kids Talk — Nature Deficit Disorder

By Anonymous
Bubblegum Post
March 10, 2014

Tedx Kids Talk — Nature Deficit Disorder

Young TEDx speaker Miranda Andersen talks about reversing or preventing Nature Deficit Disorder. 13 years old, and a middle school student, Miranda has been making films with environmental themes and underlays since she was nine. [+]

Outdoor Afro CEO Rue Mapp to Receive NWF Award

By Eva Roben
Wildlife Promise
March 11, 2014

Outdoor Afro CEO Rue Mapp to Receive NWF Award

Rue Mapp, Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, an organization that uses social media to reinvent African American connections to nature will receive the National Wildlife Federation's annual Award for Communications [+]

Thoughts on Australia’s Nature Connect Conference

By Tania Moloney
Nurture in Nature
March 11, 2014

Thoughts on Australia’s Nature Connect Conference

Tania Moloney of Nurture in Nature Australia, reflects on the Nature Connect Conference last month, including speakers Dr. Robert Grenfell of the National Heart Foundation, Jonathon La Nauze of the Australian Conservation Foundation, and C&NN's chairman emeritus Richard Louv. [+]

The Benefits of Going to Camp Solo

By Lynn Underwood
The Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 08, 2014

The Benefits of Going to Camp Solo

While it may seem scary, going it alone at summer camp can allow kids to branch out, take risks and spread their wings. The Minneapolis Star Tribune asked several youth and adults in the Twin Cities to reflect on their experiences going to camp solo. [+]

Stressed Out in America: 5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play

By Katie Hurley
Huffington Post, Parents
March 03, 2014

Stressed Out in America: 5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play

From stress relief to creative problem-solving skills, outdoor play has loads of benefits for kids of all ages. Child and adolescent psychotherapist Katie Hurley outlines five of her top reasons for making time to play outside. [+]

Back-to-Nature Play Push Gains Ground

By Sue Hornof
Newsmagazine Network
March 04, 2014

Back-to-Nature Play Push Gains Ground

Those who are passionate in their efforts to reconnect kids with nature are working hard to convince society of the tremendous value of play in outdoor settings. They are gaining ground in some key areas. [+]

Opinion: People developing deficit disorder from not relating to nature

By Paul Latimer
Kelowna Capital News
March 06, 2014

Opinion: People developing deficit disorder from not relating to nature

Opinion writer Paul Latimer writes about the growing understanding and acceptance of Nature Deficit Disorder, the causes contributing to it, and why it is important for families, caregivers, and educators to combat it. [+]

Ballet of the Sidewalk: Green Space

By Jeff Speck
Metropolis Magazine
March 03, 2014

Ballet of the Sidewalk: Green Space

Author Jeff Speck asks how lively streets can make for not just walkable cities, but good and just ones. What sort of built environment makes us better love our lives and better love our neighbors? Green space, it turns out, is a big part of the answer. [+]

Bikers Rate Higher on Well-Being Index

By Michael Roberts
Outside Magazine
March 03, 2014

Bikers Rate Higher on Well-Being Index

A study of 800 commuters conducted by a Ph.D. candidate at Portland State University found that those who biked on a regular basis reported being happier than those who used any other kind of transportation, including walking. [+]

Youths, DOI Secretary Talk Public Lands

By Judith Kohler
National Wildlife Federation
March 01, 2014

Youths, DOI Secretary Talk Public Lands

Youth winners of a sportsmen’s essay contest shared their experiences on public lands with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. They talked about the importance of public land and how nature has shaped their lives. [+]

Does Outdoor Play make Kids Smarter?

By DeAnne Musolf
San Jose Mercury News
February 24, 2014

Does Outdoor Play make Kids Smarter?

A growing body of research links unstructured, outdoor play with positive mental health, academic, and behavioral changes in children. Now some schools are making time outdoors and play a permanent part of the curriculum. [+]

Kids Need to Offset ‘Screen Time’ with ‘Nature Time’

By Pauline Dakin
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
February 26, 2014

Kids Need to Offset ‘Screen Time’ with ‘Nature Time’

Growing evidence links lack of time in nature to depression and attention deficit disorder. Researchers have several theories explaining the apparent link, and prescriptions for reversing negative effects of "nature-deficit." [+]

Couch-Potato Children Being Hurt Outdoors as They Don’t Know How to play Any More

By Grant McArthur
Herald Sun News
February 25, 2014

Couch-Potato Children Being Hurt Outdoors as They Don’t Know How to play Any More

Some children have become so inactive that many have forgotten how to play and put themselves in danger when they do venture outside, sports medicine doctors claim. Analysing research into the effectiveness of injury-prevention programs for children aged eight to 12, researchers say the impact of injuries must be considered among efforts to increase activity levels among children. [+]

Captain Planet Foundation Accepting Applications for Ecotech Grants

By Anonymous
Philanthropy News Digest
February 24, 2014

Captain Planet Foundation Accepting Applications for Ecotech Grants

Sixteen $2500 grants will be awarded to schools or non-profits organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry/nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. [+]

MiNDFOOD Q&A With Richard Louv

By Efrosini Costa
MiNDFOOD
February 18, 2014

MiNDFOOD Q&A With Richard Louv

Richard Louv talks to MiNDFOOD about 'nature deficit disorder', the lure of the screen and shares his tips for helping kids reconnect with nature, ahead of his Australian tour. [+]

Gazing At Stars Rather Than Screens

By Nathan Crabbe
The Gainesville Sun
February 17, 2014

Gazing At Stars Rather Than Screens

In a world filled with screen and distractions, inspiring a love of nature in a child can feel like an uphill struggle. It took an evening in the dark to revive this author's hope that his daughter will find that natural connection. [+]

Green Space Can Make People Happier for Years

By Anonymous
Kansas City infoZine
February 15, 2014

Green Space Can Make People Happier for Years

A new five-year study tracked the longitudinal effects on mental health of moving to greener areas. The results were astounding. Moving to a greener area appeared to have larger and more sustained positive impacts than marriage or winning the lottery. [+]

Opinion: Risk and Reward in Nature Play

By Ken Finch
Ecology.com
July 17, 2012

Opinion: Risk and Reward in Nature Play

Ken Finch argues that children need risk because it is a powerful catalyst for growth that helps them develop good judgment, persistence, courage, resiliency, and self-confidence. [+]

Outdoor Learning: Education’s Next Revolution?

By Laura Smith
Salon
February 16, 2014

Outdoor Learning: Education’s Next Revolution?

What if the problem with school is the building itself? A growing body of research suggests that exposing students to nature could yield extraordinary results. [+]

How One Project Is Making Nature Cool

By Zion Lights
Huffington Post UK
February 14, 2014

How One Project Is Making Nature Cool

In his documentary film Project Wild Thing, David Bond takes on our addiction to screens (TVs, laptops, phones, iPads, etc), restrictive healthy and safety laws, and parental concerns about crime that are preventing British children from playing outside. [+]

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